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Aging Clin Exp Res. 2012 Jun;24(3):227-32. doi: 10.3275/7874. Epub 2011 Jul 21.

Improvement of autobiographic memory recovery by means of sad music in Alzheimer's Disease type dementia.

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University of Salamanca, Department of Psychology, Spain.

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND AIMS:

Autobiographic memory undergoes progressive deterioration during the evolution of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The aim of this study was to analyze mechanisms which facilitate recovery of autobiographic memories. We used a repeatedly employed mechanism, music, with the addition of an emotional factor.

METHODS:

Autobiographic memory provoked by a variety of sounds (music which was happy, sad, lacking emotion, ambient noise in a coffee bar and no sound) was analyzed in a sample of 25 patients with AD.

RESULTS:

Emotional music, especially sad music for remote memories, was found to be the most effective kind for recall of autobiographic experiences.

CONCLUSIONS:

The factor evoking the memory is not the music itself, but rather the emotion associated with it, and is useful for semantic rather than episodic memory.

PMID:
21778809
DOI:
10.3275/7874
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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